Kyle Van Noy posts thank you message to Patriots fans

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By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com

Following the announcement Monday he will be signing with the Miami Dolphins, Kyle Van Noy is thanking the Patriots and their fans.

Van Noy took to Twitter on Wednesday to post this heartfelt message.

Kyle Van Noy on Twitter

Thank you @Patriots !! Thank you #patsnation ♥️♥️

"It has been an honor, a privilege, and a blessing to have represented the New England Patriots organization for the past three and a half seasons," Van Noy wrote. "I am so fortunate that Coach Belichick brought me in and gave me a chance to contribute and leave my mark."

The Patriots acquired Van Noy (and a seventh-round pick) for a sixth-round pick from the Detroit Lions midway through the 2016 season. Van Noy stepped in an immediately became a centerpiece of the Patriots defense.

The BYU product played in 51 games, starting 45 during his three and a half seasons for the Patriots. He recorded 17.5 sacks, four recovered fumbles, two interceptions, and scored two touchdowns. During his time in New England, the Patriots appeared in three Super Bowls, winning two.

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